• Many Workers Still Not Prepared to Lose Their Jobs

    If you got laid off tomorrow, would you be OK, financially? A new Gallup poll shows that 29 percent of American workers would expect to experience "significant financial hardship" within one month of losing their job. Fourteen percent say they would only last one week.

  • The Rise of the Permanent, Unpaid Intern
    Unpaid internships were designed for students to get valuable training outside of the classroom. Some professions require supervised internship hours toward graduation and licensure. Unfortunately, the internship seems to have evolved into a default position that job seekers take to avoid not having anything at all. This is a problem, and it is also in some cases illegal.
  • Obama Announces $600M Job-Training Initiative

    During a visit to a community college in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced an initiative to create job training programs, including apprenticeships. The initiative will focus on training workers to fill jobs for which there's currently a shortage of skilled applicants, and will rely on existing Labor Department funds.

  • Are You Expecting a Raise This Year?

    Workers expect a 4.5 percent merit pay increase in 2014, according to the quarterly report Global Workforce Insights for Compensation, which is released by consulting firm CEB. Benefits Pro further reports that employees expect an increase in bonus pay of 2.9 percent, a 1 percent increase from last quarter.

  • Conservatives Want YOU to Go Without Healthcare
    The Affordable Care Act is now law, and in spite of the various technical glitches, Americans have been signing up, so that they may enjoy access to healthcare when they get sick. For some people, this may be the first time they have ever had health insurance. Now, there is a push from conservatives to change the definition of the full-time work week to get employers who do not want to offer benefits off the hook.
  • These 5 Companies Employ the Most Low-Wage Workers

    The debate over raising the minimum wage revolves, to a certain extent, around the idea that paying low-wage workers more money might cause their employers to cut hours or stop hiring altogether. And while there's evidence to support the idea that some companies would respond to a federal minimum wage hike by hiring fewer workers, that doesn't necessarily mean that employers of low-paid workers would do so out of strict necessity.

  • 3 Tips for Unemployed Workers Over 50
    It’s no secret that if you are over 50 and job searching, you will likely have a more difficult time than your younger counterparts in getting hired. There are a few simple steps you can take, however, that can help boost your chances of landing your next job.
  • Maybe He Shouldn't Go to Jared: Female Workers File Complaint Against Jewelry Chain

    A typical ad for Jared's jewelery stores shows women melting with gratitude after being presented the one thing that every woman, wants, in the world of advertising, if nowhere else -- a mined rock. According to some female employees of the chain, however, working for the company is less than a dream come true.

  • San Francisco Demonstrates What Happens When We Raise The Minimum Wage
    Over the past 15 years, the city of San Francisco has given us evidence of what happens when we raise the pay and benefits of low-wage workers. Is it doom and destruction or the city of Oz?
  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Added 192,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment Unchanged

    Private sector employment surpassed its 2008 peak for the first time, but the 192,000 added jobs and flat unemployment rate of 6.7 were slightly below economists' expectations. A Bloomberg survey prior to today's news release from the labor department predicted a gain of 200,000 jobs and a slight dip in unemployment to 6.6 percent.

  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 191,000 Jobs in March

    Economists predicted that today's employment report from payroll processing company ADP would reflect 189,000 jobs. The actual number, just north of that, might be a sign that our long, cold winter is finally over.

  • The Skills Gap Might Be a 'Zombie Idea'

    The popular theory is that there's a "skills gap," a wide gulf between those looking for a job and the necessary know-how and certification that employers require. This trope has become a fixture in most media coverage of the economy and the plight of the long-term unemployed. Today, in a New York Times op ed, Paul Krugman explains why it just might be nonsense.

  • The Department of Labor Has Your Back

    The federal Department of Labor (DOL) budget for fiscal year 2015 is official, and it includes new programs and additional protections for workers and employees. This is exciting news for millions of Americans, including the long-term unemployed, students who want to work when they graduate, and current employees whose employers may not be following the law as they should. Check out the changes that are being put in place to help you.

  • If You're Unemployed for More Than 6 Months, Getting a Job Becomes Really Hard

    Lately, we tend to talk the fate of the long-term unemployed in terms of extending their unemployment benefits, partly because the machinations of Congress are easier to discuss than the vague hope that folks who've been out of work for 27 weeks or more will be able to find jobs. Worse, there's good evidence that many of them won't find work -- perhaps ever.

  • Low Wages Are Poverty Wages

    How would you like to put in full-time hours at your job, work hard to perform your job well, manage your household, and yet still spend time waiting in lines for general assistance and charity to pay for your basic expenses, including food and heat? If you are a member of the growing population of minimum- and low-wage workers, this could be you. And the problem affects all of us.

  • Senate Reaches Bipartisan Deal on Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

    Yesterday, the Senate announced a bill that would extend unemployment benefits for the two million Americans whose benefits lapsed in December, for a period of five months.

  • President Obama Wants YOU to Receive Overtime Pay

    Good news coming down the pike for the millions of American workers who have been exempted from overtime pay. The New York Times reports that tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, President Obama will direct the federal Department of Labor to stop classifying a series of jobs as "professional" or "executive." How will this affect you?

  • BLS Jobs Report: Economy Beats Expectations, Adds 175,000 Jobs in February

    Economists were predicting gains of 152,000 jobs, and unemployment falling from 6.6 percent to 6.5 percent. This morning's jobs report, on the other hand, showed 175,000 added jobs, and a slightly higher unemployment rate of 6.7 percent. Add that to an ADP report on Wednesday that was worse than expected and you have a fairly confusing picture of the economy. So what the heck is going on here?

  • Seattle Debates Raising Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    Yesterday, hundreds of minimum-wage earning workers packed an assembly at Seattle Town Hall to encourage Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Washington's current minimum wage of $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country, but that doesn't mean it's enough to support a family, workers contend.

  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Adds 139,000 Jobs in February

    The private sector added 139,000 jobs last month, a number that's "well below average," according to Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP, which compiles the report using its payroll data.